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@ March 13, 2009 9:39 PM in good ball valves

Apollo valves I find are the best

forced hot water?

@ March 13, 2009 9:02 PM in Cast iron Radiant Baseboard Heater

if so, time to oil the bearing assembly or replace the OO cartridge. peace


@ March 13, 2009 8:50 PM in ugly, but works well...ever try these?

makes that beautiful old radiator look like crap. Might as well box them in if they look like that. peace

@ March 13, 2009 7:45 PM in Steel boiler condensing

He probably had a wide screen TV the size of your van, and a Beamer in the garage, but no cash for boiler. See it all the time. peace

home inspector

@ March 13, 2009 6:59 PM in Steel boiler condensing

Clammy, I'll bet the homeowner knows the inspector will pick that thing apart. I see it all the time. Plumbing and heating is easy prey for home inspectors. Just the appearance of it will generate a couple pages of his report, let alone the estimated cost of repairs. peace


@ March 13, 2009 6:54 PM in Steel boiler condensing

Don, rubber gaskets shrink and leak with temp changes, mostly under 140 degrees. That's why i only use special flange gaskets on the circulator, and teflon if there is a coil or blank plate. This thing sounds like it is in poor condition, but if the high limit was funtioning, there was nothing wrong with leaving it on. The low limit is only an option for the hot water situation, Cold start controls have one switch only. The high limit. That is what it would be doing, running up to that setting in this case. Did it look like someone made changes inside the control box? If it was the primary control, or high limit, pull the plug. peace

stack temp

@ March 13, 2009 5:47 PM in Steel boiler condensing

Don, you would be lucky to get as low as 450-500 stack on that boiler. Did you test it? What were your findings? I'm thinking those #'s were fabricated by the previuos techs. I'll also bet that boiler has been out on safety, or the emergency switch shut off most of it's life. Was it direct draw from the coil, or did it have an idirect or some other hot water source? peace


@ March 12, 2009 10:51 PM in oil furnace

Cape Cod Mass here, but I'm sure there are more than capable guys in here that are close to you. Ask a neighbor, or do some calling. Good luck

exspansion tank

@ March 12, 2009 8:03 PM in Can't figure out why my boiler's pressure is at 30psi

Chris, how often is the tank filling up? possible pin hole in it. probably time to bite the bullet and put on an extrol tank

short cycle

@ March 12, 2009 6:20 PM in sparco ZV

then it will be a thermostat issue. Didn't think Sparco was still out there. Good luck. peace


@ March 12, 2009 6:17 PM in Gas Safety

or be safe with oil. It's about time gas gets some bad publicity. peace


@ March 12, 2009 6:12 PM in hydro therm KN10

that name makes me cringe

reset problem

@ March 12, 2009 6:09 PM in oil furnace

We could post on this for hours or days. Best to get a qualified oil tech on it. peace


@ March 12, 2009 6:07 PM in Uneven heating in house

That should be a return under the thermostat, and i would check and replace the air filter. Being a rental, call the lanlord and they can call for service. peace

short cycle

@ March 11, 2009 5:59 PM in sparco ZV

kpc, it's been awhile since I heard that name, or used a Sparco zone valve head, but those were the guys who used to work for Taco years ago. The head should be replaceable with a Taco, if it is the 80's era valve. If it has lost it's wax, it will open and close premature. Does it have a chrome handle on the side of the head closer to the zone valve base? been awhile. peace

cold start

@ March 10, 2009 10:42 PM in Tankless to Cold Start

I agree with Bill, warm start so much better, but if you want a cold start, pull the blue wire from the temp block, and wire nut it for it is live. Make sure the low limit is set to 110. The circulator will still only be powered by the low limit, and will not be energised untill the water temp reaches that setting. If it is still set for 180, it will heat up to that temp before any circulation occurs. Peace


@ March 10, 2009 10:36 PM in 20 yrs ago

congrats Bill, nearing the 30 mark myself in the fuel game. Stupid me, I followed my father's footsteps, but he always said you'll never be out of work unless you want to be. So much changes yet remains the same. Best wishes to you. peace


@ March 9, 2009 8:18 PM in Riello burner

What problems are you having with it King?

hot water heater

@ March 8, 2009 10:43 PM in Oil Hot water heater added to exisiting oil burner

Why didn't he install an indirect? sounds like you have a boiler. Gun fired heaters are only needed if you had a warm air furnace. You should get an oil tech, plumbers shouldn't be workin on oil, unless they are licensed and qualified

isn't it amazing

@ March 7, 2009 9:53 AM in boiler piped backwards

People will invest money into anything except their boiler. The house was remodeled 4 years ago, that's when they should have upgraded that boiler. The age of that house also tells me it has a potato basement-not a full basement, and a drafty brick/stone foundation. Been in hundreds of them old houses. You'll be amazed at the heat loss from down below. Ofcourse this winter is just about at a close, so there is no way to know what savings they will have untill next year. It will create work for you, but I think that will be all that it is. peace

draft regulation

@ March 6, 2009 8:57 PM in High Winds & Updraft problem with Lennox gas boiler

There has to be a way to regulate the draft. Whether you do so at the chimney or the boiler. Good luck

high draft

@ March 6, 2009 8:41 PM in OIL FIRED DRAFT PROBLEM

That is high breech, but over the fire is all that matters. It needs to be no higher than a -.02 down sizing the smoke pipe will not help with lowering the draft because you will also have a smaller draft control
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